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Old 09-16-2013, 09:11 PM Rookie

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Recommend a truck for my needs.


Let me just say I am not truck aficionado by any stretch. I have driven a 4Runner for the last 10 years and put 255000 miles on it with just gas, oil, brakes and tires. I love it.


We are purchasing 10 acres in Montana and my needs will drastically change. I need a vehicle to haul stuff in the bed and on a trailer. I might ever plow a bit of snow with it but I haven't decided on retrofitting a blade on the tractor for that purpose. So I may or may not use for that but I would like the option. After we move in I don't foresee driving beyond a few hours at a stretch towing anything, but you never know. A few times a year we will pull a 5th wheel for outings. That might be in different states, might not. Dunno.

Asking around work (currently hauling tankers up in the Bakken) Chevy is crap and Dodge isn't far behind plus they both took the a turn at the Federal teet for money. Ford didn't. It seems that FAR more Ford guys at work loved their trucks than the other makes so I am avoiding them and starting my search with the true consumers choice. At least around here it is, that and almost every farmer around here is driving a Ford. Has to be a reason.

The budget is set at 10k. I don't mind old. I like old. I'm old. My dog is old. So the year isn't as important as serviceability. Its gotta preform its job.

I'm not concerned about the 7.3 6.0 less filling tastes great debate. Does it work? You get my point.

Must haves:
Long bed

Manual tranny (unless there is a bullet proof auto available)
At least an extended cab (4 door im on the fence about)

Be it 3/4 or 1 ton doesn't matter much because I can always beef the suspension if needs be. IF there is a frame, differential or other difference between weights of vehicle, that is a concern and must be considered.

Like I said I don't know much about pickups so I figured I would ask the enthusiasts for their thoughts. That would be you guys.

Thank you,
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:22 PM


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First off if your only spending $10k I'd say an 94-97 OBS is for you. There are lots of manual transmissions trucks out there. I'd get an F350 since the front ends are tougher than the F250. The 7.3 diesel is a great truck... It won't let you down. Just remember those old crew cab long bed trucks need almost an acre to turn around in. Good luck and post pics when you make your choice.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:32 PM
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^^^^ I agree. You mentioned possibly plowing snow. I think a truck would be better unless your tractor has a cab/heat.
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